THURSDAY, JUNE 12th 2008
6:35pm General Admission $10
Part of the San Francisco
Black Film Festival at MoAD
Screening at the: Museum of African Diaspora
685 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA, 94105
|Footsteps in Africa, A Nomadic Journey is a film allowing the essence of the Saharan Nomadic people to speak for themselves while embarking on an amazing cinematic musical voyage.|
Directed by Kathi von Koerber, Director of Photography Kika Vliegentheart, DP 16mm Diego Benavente, Photography Andreas Lang, Edited by CC Treadway, Composer Jamshied Sharifi. A Kiahkeya production.
Footsteps in Africa, A Nomadic Journey is a documentary, witnessing the colorful music of the daily life and ritualistic survival of the Saharan desert nomads of Mali. The Tuareg / Kel Tamashek relate their nomadic quest for freedom, their pursuit for oneness with life, and their integration of the encroaching modern ways into their tradition of life. For thousands of years their survival reveals the innate wisdom of living as one with nature in the desert, allowing them to survive beyond droughts and their rebellions. Shot on 24P Video, 16 mm and interlaced with still photography, the film expresses the power of fundamental music, its frequencies, and the Tuaregs courage, strength and willingness to face death.
The Music in Footsteps in Africa, A Nomadic Journey narrarates the thousands of year old journey right up to the present. Along with tribal field recordings, the music chosen conveys the intrinsic human message and behavior of revolutionary survival, freedom and inner truth. The Film score is an interweaving of today's Tuareg bands Tinariwen and Tartit, the revolutionary bohemian nomad Jimi Hendrix (who was heavily influenced musically by the Tuareg when living in Morocco, and they by him), the overtone voice, base and hertz frequencies of Amaruvision referencing the emotions of the desert, and Iranian world music composer Jamshied Sharifi who traverses the sounds of this musical voyage and the Tuaregs cultural migration and influences.
The Director Kathi von Koerber believes that the wisdom that nomadic life entails, gives deep insight into humans' relationship to the earth. She calls this the transcendental frequency, a melody at heart at which humans coexist. The Tuareg, being keepers of ancient music and dance, allow the frequency to speak through them, their hearts, their music and melody.
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Footsteps in Africa, A Nomadic Journey, Museum of African Diaspora